November 2.2015 – The Story Behind “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore

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Kip Moore told Mike Ragogna of The Huffington Post about the inspiration for “Hey Pretty Girl.”

“For me, I’ve been rambling now for a long time and I’ve moved a lot of different places by myself,” he explained. “I lived in Hawaii for a long time in this little hut, surfed all of the time, backpacked and worked little odd jobs, then I moved to Nashville. With me spending that much time by myself and coming from a big family, it made me that way. I desired to get my own time because there were so many people trying to get a word in, I kind of grew up that way. With the job I have now, I’m always on the go, always on the run, and settling down is not really in the cards right now. I do know myself enough though to know that I’m going to desire. I think that’s how we’re all made, and it’s how we were all created. You want to go through life with somebody at some point and have somebody to lean on. That’s what I was thinking the day I wrote ‘Hey Pretty Girl.’ It’s one of those things for me that’s more of an idealistic standpoint – that one day, this is how I hope to feel about somebody, and this is the way I like to go through life with somebody.”

Moore (from Country Music Is Love): “You know that song is basically something where when you live the life that we’re living, like me these guys in the band, it’s traveling like a gypsy. We’re always on the road. This is where all my focus is right now. It’s always music. It doesn’t give me a chance to give a woman what they deserve at this point in my life so I stay away from it. I stay away from kinda letting somebody in right now ’cause I know that I can’t give what they need.”

Moore wrote “Hey Pretty Girl” the day after he had a conversation with his guitar player, Dave Lapsley. He explained in a radio interview: “Me and Dave had been playing together for 10 years, ever since I moved to town, and I love Dave with all my heart. Dave was my guy, man, that’d I’d go hang out with and raise hell with. And when he told me his wife was pregnant, there was a complete change in Dave. He was being like, ‘Dude, we gotta make this thing happen now. We’re not making enough money, and I’ve got to support a family now.’ And I saw everything kind of change. Even though I don’t have a wife and kids, it kind of made me see it through his eyes. Even though I don’t want that right now, the next day I went into the [writing] room and I was just talking to Dan Couch about it, and I was like, ‘I hope to have that thing that I see in Dave’s eyes now one day, and I hope I want to go through life with somebody like that, and this is how I hope it is,’ and that’s what we tried to capture that day writing about it.”

As of June 19, 2013, the single had sold 500,000 copies in the United States [3] and been certified Gold by the RIAA.

“Hey Pretty Girl” reached No. 1 the week of July 30.2013 on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country singles chart—and that’s Kip’s third straight No. 1 from his debut album, Up All Night.

LYRICS: Written by Kip Moore and Dan Couch
Hey pretty girl, won’t you look my way
Love’s in the air tonight
You can bet you make this ol’ boy’s day
Hey pretty girl, won’t you look my way

Hey pretty girl, can I have this dance
And the next one after that
Gonna make you mine there’s a real good chance
Hey pretty girl, can I have this dance

Hey pretty girl, it feels so right
Just like it’s meant to be
All wrapped up in my arms so tight
Hey pretty girl, it feels so right

Life’s a long and winding ride
Better have the right one by your side
And happiness don’t drag its feet
Time moves faster than you think

Hey pretty girl, wanna take you home
My momma’s gonna love you
She’ll make me sleep on the couch, I know
Hey pretty girl, wanna take you home

Hey pretty girl, let’s build some dreams
And a house on a piece of land
We’ll plant some roots and some apple trees
Hey pretty girl, let’s build some dreams

Life’s a long and winding ride
Better have the right one by your side
Happiness don’t drag its feet
And time moves faster than you think

Hey pretty girl, you did so good
Our baby’s got your eyes
And a fighter’s heart like I knew she would
Hey pretty girl, you did so good

Hey pretty girl, when I see the light
And it’s my time to go
I’m gonna thank the Lord for a real good life
A pretty little girl and a beautiful wife

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